The state has hired Cora Crome of Petersburg as “fisheries coordinator,” according to Mike Nizich, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Sarah Palin.
“She will be coordinating the fish policy cabinet and the oceans policy cabinet and be the go-to person in the governor’s office on all fish issues,” Nizich said in an e-mail.
The job pays $80,000 a year, he said. Crome starts Wednesday.
Crome is a former executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, a commercial fishing trade group.
Alan Austerman, who was fisheries adviser to Palin’s predecessor, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, has registered as a lobbyist for the North Pacific Scallop Cooperative, according to the Alaska Budget Report, a Juneau political newsletter. The lobbying gig will pay Austerman $5,000 a year, the newsletter reported.